Man who carried Confederate flag in Capitol & son released post arrest
MAGA rioter who carried Confederate flag through US Capitol and his son who broke glass window to get into the building are released with GPS monitoring hours after arrest and now face more than a decade in prison and $250,000 in fines
- Kevin Seefried and his son, Hunter Seefried, of Laurel, Delaware, turned themselves into the FBI in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday and were released hours after their arrest
- Kevin was identified as the man who carried the Confederate flag through the Capitol during last week’s riot
- His son Hunter allegedly helped break a glass window into the Capitol and climbed through it
- Both are both charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Hunter also faces an additional charge of destruction of property
- They were released after their first court appearance and agreed to location monitoring, to not travel out of state, and to stay at home except for work, worship and medical needs
- Kevin told investigators that he brought the Confederate flag from his home, where he normally flies it outside the residence
- The two men were photographed alongside other prominent MAGA rioters, including the ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley and Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge
The Delaware man who was photographed carrying a Confederate flag through the US Capitol during the January 6 riot and his son have been released with GPS monitoring hours after their Thursday arrest.
Kevin Seefried and his son Hunter turned themselves in to authorities in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday morning, the FBI announced.
Kevin is accused of trespassing and strutting through the Capitol with the controversial flag in hand and his son Hunter is accused of helping smash a glass window into a Senate building through which MAGA rioters entered the Capitol.
Seefried and his son, Hunter, are both charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Hunter also faces an additional charge of destruction of property, authorities say.
The two men appeared in federal court in Wilmington to face charges from the Capitol siege Thursday evening and were freed as they await their next hearing.
They agreed to location monitoring, were ordered to not leave the state – except for a potential court date in Washington – and can only leave their homes for work, worship, or medical needs.
The pair looked somber as they left their first court appearance and were comforted by two unidentified woman. Hunter was seen sharing an emotional hug with one of the women as they made their way out of a federal building.
Delaware man Kevin Seefried (left), who was photographed at the Capitol riot on January 6 carrying a Confederate flag, and his son Hunter Seefriend (right) pictured above entering a Wilmington office building after their first court appearance on Thursday. They were arrested Thursday morning and allowed to be freed with GPS location monitoring ahead of their next hearing
Kevin Seefried pictured walking with an unidentified woman after his first court appearance on Thursday. He and Hunter are both charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Hunter also faces an additional charge of destruction of property for smashing a glass window into the Capitol building, authorities say
Caught on camera: The FBI identified Seefield, of Laurel Delaware, as the man who strutted through the US Capitol building carrying a controversial Confederate flag, which is associated with white supremacy and slavery
Seefried and his son Hunter pictured above during the January 6 Capitol seige
The FBI says that Hunter Seefried was among those who shattered a window and climbed through along with scores of other protesters during the Capitol riot on January 6
The father and son could face more than a decade in prison and $250,000 in fines, according to statements made at Tuesday’s hearing, depending on whether thy’re ultimately charged as felonies or misdemeanors, according to Delaware Online.
The two appeared separately from brief hearings and remained quiet except for replying with ‘yes, sir’ to questions.
Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke read allegations about their conduct to them and asked if they understood the charges.
Both had participated in voluntary interviews with the FBI Tuesday and confirmed they were at the Capitol. They said they traveled to DC to hear Trump speak and Kevin and Hunter participated in a march to the Capitol ‘led by an individual with a bullhorn,’ according to court documents.
Kevin confirmed that he brought his Confederate flag, which he normally flies on the outside of his home in Laurel, Delaware, to the Capitol.
The FBI were tipped off about Kevin and Hunter’s identity from a co-worker of Hunter. The informant told law enforcement officials that Hunter ‘bragged about being in the Capitol with his father.’
Hunter’s attorney said at the hearing that his client had ‘recently lost his job.’
Seefried looked serious as he walked away from his first court appearance Thursday. The two men agreed to location monitoring, were ordered to not leave the state – except for a potential court date in Washington – and can only leave their homes for work, worship, or medical needs, ahead of their next hearing
Hunter Seefried pictured being consoled by two unidentified woman after his first court appearance with his father Thursday evening
Hunter is accused of breaking a glass window to get into the Capitol window during the violent riot that left five people dead
Kevin Seefriend and his son Hunter along with two unidentified woman pictured after their first court appearance Thursday
Court documents cite video footage from the riot which allegedly shows Hunter helping to break a window allowing him and scores of other protesters to enter the Capitol building at around 2:13pm on January 6.
Both Hunter and his father are alleged to have climbed through the window.
In court papers, federal investigators attached several images of screenshots from cell phone video taken by rioters.
Hunter is alleged to be cleaning up part of the glass from the window that was shattered just moments before he and scores of other rioters climbed through and into the Capitol building.
The father and son are alleged to have been part of a group that ‘verbally confronted’ several Capitol Police officers.
Hunter was allegedly seen taking a ‘selfie photograph’ during the riot.
Federal authorities say that Kevin and Hunter left the Capitol at 2:36pm, less than half an hour after breaching the building’s grounds.
The FBI circulated images and video on social media asking the public for help in locating the man with the Confederate flag.
Images of the father and son were circulated showing them standing alongside the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ Jacob Chansley.
Earlier this week, the FBI asked for the public’s help in identifying the Trump supporter who carried the Confederate flag while he participated in the riot at the Capitol
Kevin and Hunter Seefried were seen standing alongside the ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley (seen in the viking hat on the right)
The FBI identified Hunter Seefried as the man in the black leather jacket and dark-colored baseball cap who was among the first to climb through one of the windows leading into the Capitol building
Images of the mob breaking the windows and climbing through into the Capitol went viral on January 6
Chansley, the Arizona man who took part in the insurrection while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns made his first court appearance on Monday.
A judge scheduled a detention hearing on Friday for Chansley, who has been jailed on misdemeanor charges since surrendering to authorities over the weekend in Phoenix.
He took part in the hearing by phone from a detention facility.
The FBI identified Chansley from images taken during the riot showing his distinctive sleeve tattoos. Chansley was inside the Capitol and on the Senate dais as he carried a U.S. flag on a pole topped with a spear.
The allegations against Kevin and Hunter Seefried were fleshed out in a court document filed by federal investigators on Wednesday
He hasn’t yet entered a plea on charges of entering a restricted building without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The Seefrieds were also seen next to another prominent rioter, Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge.
FBI agents arrested Aaron Mostofsky, 34, who is the son of Judge Shlomo Mostofsky, in New York on Tuesday morning. He cried when he appeared in court and now faces up to 10 years behind bars. Aaron Mostofsky was released on a $100,000 bond.
According to the FBI, Kevin Seefried said that he brought his Confederate flag which he normally flies on the outside of his home in Laurel, Delaware
The father and son (seen second and third from left) are alleged to have been part of a group that ‘verbally confronted’ several Capitol Police officers
The Seefrieds were also seen next to another prominent rioter, Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge
Aaron Mostofsky leaves Brooklyn Federal court after being arraigned on being part of the mob that stormed the Capitol on Tuesday
Shown crying in court, Mostofsky was ordered released on $100,000 bond along with other restrictions that include GPS monitoring. Mostofsky also must surrender his passport
Records indicate that a construction business, K&E Construction LLC, was once registered to Kevin Seefried’s name, according to the Delaware News Journal.
It now appears that the business license linked to a separate address in Laurel is no longer valid.
The violence, which left five dead, led to the impeachment of Trump on Wednesday by the House of Representatives on a charge of inciting an insurrection.
Shortly before the attack, Trump had fired up a crowd of supporters, repeating his baseless claims that he won the election and urging them to go to the Capitol.
Many of the people arrested so far were captured on social media bragging about taking part in the assault, and the FBI has been combing through more than 100,000 videos and photographs.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was arrested on Saturday and appeared in court in Phoenix by video-link on Monday
Jacob Anthony Chansley is pictures as he occupied the Senate dais at the US Capitol last week
After the violence was quelled, most of the rioters were allowed to leave the Capitol, meaning law enforcement has had to track them down in the days since.
The Justice Department has brought more than 70 criminal cases so far since supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, trying to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election.
Federal authorities on Thursday moved forward with more arrests and indictments.
Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet
A retired firefighter suspected of throwing a fire extinguisher at police during the attack has been arrested, a Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday.
Robert Sanford, 55, of Chester, Pennsylvania, will appear in a virtual hearing in federal court in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Thursday to face charges of unlawful entry, civil disorder and assaulting, resisting or impeding police.
According to court documents, Sanford was captured on video hurling what appears to be a fire extinguisher at police.
‘The object appears to strike one officer, who was wearing a helmet, in the head. The object then ricochets and strikes another officer, who was not wearing a helmet, in the head. The object then ricochets a third time and strikes a third officer, wearing a helmet, in the head,’ the documents say.
Hunter Ehmke was also charged by the Justice Department on Thursday with damaging government property, obstructing an official proceeding and violent entry.
According to court documents, a Capitol Police officer witnessed Ehmke smash a window at the Capitol and rushed at him with his shield to try to stop him.
The officer ‘lost grip of the shield and fell’ into shards of glass, the documents say.
Douglas Austen Jensen was arrested on Saturday, having led the mob against Eugene Goodman. He was booked into the Polk County Jail early Saturday on five federal charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct counts, according to news releases from the FBI’s field office in Omaha, Nebraska and the county sheriff’s office.
Police managed to detain Ehmke but the crowd started to become aggressive and threatened police not to take Ehmke away.
‘Due to the growing aggression of the large crowd that far outnumbered the officers and the exigent circumstances at the time, officers made the decision to allow Ehmke depart under his own power,’ investigators said in court papers.
Another person who has since been indicted is Douglas Austen Jensen of Iowa, whom federal agents describe in court records as a supporter of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon.
Jensen, according to the charging documents, is the man who was captured on video by the Guardian newspaper taunting a lone Black Capitol Police officer as he led a crowd that was encroaching up a stairwell.
Jensen approached in a ‘menacing manner, with the crowd following behind him, forcing the officer to continue to retreat,’ the documents say.
Jensen later turned himself in to the Des Moines Police Department.
He admitted being the person in the video, saying he ‘intentionally positioned himself to be among the first people inside the United States Capitol because he was wearing his ‘Q’ T-shirt and he wanted to have his T-shirt seen on video so that ‘Q’ could get the credit,’ the documents say.
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